The Capture (Guardians of Ga'Hoole series)

The Capture, by Kathryn Lasky, is the first book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. The main character is a young owlet named Soren, who was separated from his family and taken to a mysterious school named St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. He and his friend Gylfie attempt to escape once they learn that this "school" is more of a prison where they are forced to stay. In their journey, they meet new friends and foes along the way and ultimately discover their deeper friendship and Soren's hope to find his family.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the character development, especially as Soren and Gylfie get to know each other better and meet other owls. By the end of the book, these owls, along with the others in their group, demonstrate the benefits of teamwork and learning how different people have different talents and abilities. Being able to depend on others rather than trying to do something on your own is a valuable skill to have. Overall, I enjoyed the book because of the mysterious world of owls, great sense of adventure, and a heavy calling on this group of owls to do something significant rather than just living a mediocre life. This has a wonderful connection to our own lives and how we should live a life that is worth living!

--Mr. Riedl